Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors and Bookworms everywhere.
This afternoon it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the latest member of the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing family.
I at first thought it would be later today before I was able to get this out but after taking a moment to review realized it needed nothing from me but to be shared with all of you.
I absolutely love David’s openness and the way he has answered my questions makes me smile.
You’re going to love him.
So, without further delay I give you the Featured Author of the Week David Cousland.
First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.
David or Dave Cousland
I was born in central England 1950 in the heart of the industrial West Midlands (The Black Country), my early life being spent in Tipton and Dudley.
I was educated at Dudley Grammar School where in retrospect I was one of those pupils who “must try harder / does not apply himself” and so on.
Despite being partially colour blind I managed to achieve a Grade One pass in my Art “O” level exam and thank goodness for modern art back in the 60s.
My father was a craftsman, a bespoke tailor and would probably have liked me to follow in his footsteps but colour blindness would never have allowed me to do that. However, I did have a part-time job for 18 months in a menswear store when customers would often ask “does this tie go with this suit?” and so on.
My regular answer was “it looks fine to me”, in my world every colour goes with every other, in recent years it hasn’t been much of a problem to me but drives others crazy. I’m married to Lynne (my first wife Sandra, passed away back in 2005) and grateful for my second chance. Father to two daughters and grandfather to three youngsters between 4 and 10.
My work life consisted of 37 years in banking and plastic card business, followed by one year as a delivery driver for a garden centre and two years as a carer for my mom.
I love travelling and am fortunate to have over 20 relatives in California where I have been able to spend a number of vacations. Add in vacations to a number of other US and Canadian states and cities and I think I can confirm that I love travelling out west.
Where do you live?
Burntwood, England. A semi rural area but close enough to city life when needed.
Who, are the special people in your life
My wife Lynne and my family. My golf buddies and friends everywhere and of course anyone who buys and likes my books.
Do you have any pets?
Lynne suffers from asthma so pets are out but I do have a garden pond with 15 (approx) fish.
What are your likes, and dislikes?
Likes are writing; travel; music; golf and watching sport in general. Boston Red Sox and drinking tea. Dislikes – coffee and green leafy vegetables such as cabbage; sprouts; spinach and broccoli.
What are your hobbies?
Writing and golf mainly. Keeping the garden pond tidy and relaxing. Socialising – we’re members of a former Scottish society now known as the Motley Crew and have had a few holidays / social functions together.
What keeps you going?
Haha, tough question. While I’m busy writing I drink tea all day long.
What is your favorite song?
Another tough question. I love many genres of music but always come back to rock. Led Zeppelin / Yes / Pink Floyd / Moody Blues but have to say that the two best performers I’ve seen are Stevie Wonder when on vacation in Brisbane, Australia and Cher at Caesar’s Palace, she was awesome and one of the sexiest ladies ever.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m not a great movie watcher but loved the original Italian Job. The Godfather movies were great as were Ocean’s Eleven and so on. It seems like most of todays movies are noise and special effects.
What is your favorite book?
The first book I ever had as a Sunday School Prize – South with Scott. The story of the race to be first to reach the south pole.
Who is your favorite author?
Alistair MacLean and Rebecca Branch as a current independent writer.
What is your favorite food?
Italian or Chinese as long as I’m not cooking it.
What is your favorite quote?
Oh, Churchill had so many but one of my former bosses used to say – J F D I (Just effin’ do it). I use that one a lot.
What is your favorite affirmation?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cats leaving their messages on my garden.
What do you think your best strengths are?
The determination to do better; calmness and that I don’t panic.
How do they help you in your work?
Having retired from paid employment some 12 years ago, I count my writing as my work. I believe that my work is much better now than a few years ago.
What are your weaknesses, and, how are you working on making them stronger?
Impatience. I always want to get to the end before I start.
I do try to be a little more structured at times although most of my writing is ‘from the seat of my pants’.
What is your dream for the future?
1) I would love to get my golf handicap down to below 20.
2) I would also love to sell enough books to break even or maybe even turn a profit.
How, does that relate to your work, as a writer?
Having retired, I’m in the fortunate position to be able to write as a hobby and never give myself strict deadlines. I try to achieve a balance between writing and other things in my life and on occasions will write nothing for weeks. The flip side is that I sit with my lap top for days and just go on and on.
Why do you write?
Having worked in banking forever, my imagination was never in use. I write because I enjoy it and hope others will.
What inspires you?
Seeing others succeed. There are so many people who succeed in all walks of life and yet have all kinds of disabilities and challenges to overcome. I need to wear 2 hearing aids and my spectacles, I have the colour blindness issue but these are trivial in comparison to many others.
What is your preferred way of communicating?
Email is simplest these days.
Is there anything about you or your work, that you’d like to share, that I’ve not covered here?
Yes. I’m rubbish at I.T. so please don’t shout at me when I screw up – I will on a regular basis.
Thank you Patty, I hope this makes sense.
David I absolutely loved reading this.
Getting to know you a bit better has been a real treat and has given me joy on what has been a difficult day.
Thank you very much for dropping into campbellsworld today and Campbell and I hope you will drop in often and share your wonderful talents with us.
OK folks, that’s the scoop.
There’s more. I encourage you to continue reading to learn all about what David writes and where to find it.
More On David Cousland and His Work…
About the Author In His Own Words…
Born in the industrial Midlands in 1950, I was educated at Dudley Grammar School (to the best of their abilities) before going on to work in the banking industry, the latter years working on very exciting plastic card payment schemes. Married (twice) with two daughters and three grand-children, my hobbies outside of the family and writing include golf and travel, occasionally combining the two when searching for golf balls that have strayed way off line. A number of my stories are based around places I’ve been fortunate to visit and love including them whenever I can.
I first started writing at the tender age of 62 and have now published 15 e-books and short stories. I particularly enjoy writing in the first person, which has been a bit of a challenge as the majority of my stronger characters are women. I write for pleasure and hope you enjoy reading my stories.
Currently I’m working on my first sci-fi story and also a horror story aimed at the young adult market. Never having previously attempted to write anything in the fantasy / sci-fi genres and very little in the horror sector– this is a case of fingers crossed and hope for the best, although I do have a number of ‘expert volunteers’ keen to read the horror story.
Books by David Cousland.
1) Overture for Revenge 01/23/13
2) Face of the Viking 14/03/13
3) Snake Eyes Allison 06/10/13
4) The Faces of Ashwood Court 08/04/13
5) The Wrong Man’s Ring 11/02/13
6) Scent of the Dragon Queen 04/01/14
7) The Michelangelo Legacy 03/22/14
8) Black Country Murders 10/15/14
9) I Don’t Drink Decaf 12/27/14
10) Sarah Marshall’s Double Quest 02/21/15
11) The Water Carrier 09/09/15
12) Anastas and the Black Rose 21/07/16
13) Barclay’s Losing Hand 20/09/16
14) Carnage at Clifton Court 09/08/17
15) Snakebird: The Texan Ring 02/01/18